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Critic Reviews for Help!
For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.
A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.
The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.
A fascinatingly manic adventure-comedy that doesn't always work as well as it might, but has worn much better than some of the other films made in the same vein at the same time.
Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws.
Audience Reviews for Help!
There's a script and lights and cameras and all that film tomfoolery, but that's of the least concern to the boys who openly flaunt their too-cool-for-film rock personas (and, in a way, they're absolutely right). Nonetheless, here at the internet school of film critique we take these matters seriously and so, yes, Lester has the boys riff the Marx Brothers and James Bond's droll wit to no end, but that's not a bad thing. And there's always the music!
Help! You're going to need it if you're a Beatles fan who hasn't seen this movie! I love this movie it's my favourite of the Beatles' movies. It combines great songs and a great comedy plot. I highly recommend it.
Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It doesn't make sense. The plot is terrible. The script is meh, the acting isn't much better. But it's funny! And weird. AND I loved some of the camera work. No, really. Ticket to Ride was really great.
|George:||It's a thingy! A fiendish thingy!|
|George:||(to Paul) I didn't encourage that wink.|
|George:||[to Paul] I didn't encourage that wink.|
|Ahme:||From this day it is the RING.|
|Ahme:||This will make his finger shrink a little.|
|Themselves:||Where are you Paul? This is his best suit. [Lennon] (Paul just got shrunk by a syringe shot in the leg).|
|Themselves:||Where are you Paul? This is his best suit. [Lennon] [Paul just got shrunk by a syringe shot in the leg]|
|Themselves:||It's ME! (Lennon being strangled by George)|